Chervil is an herb that is part of the parsley family. It has delicate, fern-like leaves with a mild, slightly sweet flavour that is often described as a blend of parsley and anise. Chervil is a popular ingredient in French cuisine and is often used to add flavour to soups, sauces, and salads. It is also a common garnish for fish and poultry dishes. Chervil is relatively easy to grow and can be grown in containers or in the garden. It prefers a cool, moist environment and can be harvested throughout the growing season.
How to Grow Chervil Organically
- Choose the right time: Chervil is a cool-season herb that prefers cool temperatures. It’s recommended to plant chervil in early spring or in the fall when temperatures are cooler.
- Select a location: Chervil prefers well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 to 7.0. Choose a location with partial shade, as chervil does not like hot weather or direct sunlight.
- Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil to a depth of 8-10 inches and remove any rocks or debris. Add compost or aged manure to the soil to improve soil fertility and drainage.
- Plant the seeds: Chervil is usually grown from seeds. Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 6-8 inches apart.
- Water the plants: Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather.
- Fertilize the plants: Chervil does not need a lot of fertilizer. You can add a light application of organic fertilizer, such as compost or fish emulsion, once or twice during the growing season.
- Control pests and diseases: Chervil is generally pest and disease-free, but it can attract aphids and slugs. Use organic methods like neem oil or diatomaceous earth to control pests.
- Harvest the leaves: Chervil leaves can be harvested when the plant is 6-8 inches tall. Pinch off the leaves from the stem and use them fresh in your favourite dishes.
Following these steps will help you grow chervil successfully and enjoy its delicate flavour in your culinary creations.